“I call it art, you can call it whatever you want”
About the artist
Artist and naturalist Sarina Brewer breathes new life into the animals she resurrects. While earning her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design she worked predominantly with found objects, most of which were animal remains. Over the years preparing these animal remains for use in her abstract paintings and sculptures slowly evolved into taxidermy. She volunteers her skills in the biology department of the Science Museum of Minnesota and is also engaged in various natural history related projects for other educational institutions and museums. She is a strong proponent of wildlife conservation who also participates in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in her spare time. None of the animals used in Brewer's work were killed for the purpose of creating art. All animal components are recycled. The animal materials used in her work would have been discarded by others if she had not salvaged them. She utilizes legally collected roadkill, animals that died of natural causes, causalities of the pet trade, destroyed nuisance animals that are donated to her, and discarded livestock & wild game remnants. A very strict "waste not, want not" policy is adhered to in her studio. Virtually every part of the animal is recycled in some manner.
Brewer has a deep respect and appreciation for animals and the natural world. She is fascinated with the circle of life and intrigued with how different cultures honor their dead and deal with death. Immortalizing loved ones (be they animals or humans) by preserving their remains or creating sentimental remembrances out of their body parts does not sit well with the majority of western society, yet such practices have been the norm in many cultures throughout history and still are to this day. Undoubtedly the average American thinks these so-called abhorrent traditions are only carried out by “savages” in primitive cultures, however these practices flourished during the Victorian age in the form of mourning jewelry (accessories incorporating hair and teeth of deceased loved ones) and this type of veneration still exists in contemporary society, a well known example being the preserved remains of saints on display in Catholic Churches around the world. Point being, reverence is relative. Brewer deals with death in, what is considered by most, an unconventional manner. She does not view a dead animal as disgusting or offensive. She feels that all creatures exhibit beauty in death as well as in life and she pays homage to them by reincarnating them in her works of art.
Brewer is a self-proclaimed science nerd who had melded her past formal art education with her passion for biology and the bizarre. In doing so, she has carved out an unique niche for herself in the art world. Her childhood preoccupation with cryptozoology and anomalies of nature now manifest themselves in her outlandish reveries of fur and flesh. Her fanciful composite beasts are sought after by discerning collectors around the world and her work resides in prestigious international collections such as the Geneva Museum of Natural History in Switzerland and Océanoplis Cultural Centre in Brittany France.
We now invite you to peruse the culmination of three decades of the study of art and the natural sciences in her eccentric works
THE FINE ART TAXIDERMY SCULPTURE
OF SARINA BREWER